ARS: One of the best perks of my job is the ability to play games before they come out, and of course I get copies sent to my door. It's not a bad deal. Most of the time the games come in nondescript boxes containing nothing more than the game, or sometimes just a disc and a press pack, but there are other times when quite a bit more is sent.
Companies are constantly getting creative when they send things along with their games, hoping to wring another post out of news-starved blogs, or to get the attention of the writer, or sometimes just to straight-up bribe the reviewer. This leads to weird, unexplainable, and sometimes quite expensive things showing up with the game. This is just a short list of some things that have been sent, or offered, to those who write about the games we play.